Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Fresh protests in Sudan after deadly bread clashes

Sudan intel chief says deadly 'bread protests' orchestrated by Israeli Mossad Sudan opposition leader says 22 killed in bread protests
Patty Aguilar | 26 December, 2018, 18:50

The intelligence head accused rebel leader Abdel Wahid al-Nur of using the protests to carry out violent attacks on government property.

The Mossad does not comment on its operations overseas, but very little credence could be led to the claims.

There have also been reports of limited access to social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

Sudan's despotic president is facing the biggest challenge of his 29-year iron rule after days of spontaneous "bread protests" resulted in a fatal crackdown by his security forces.

The protests erupted last week after the government increased the price of bread from one Sudanese pound to three.

Sudan's foreign ministry summoned Kuwait's ambassador to Khartoum Bassam Mohammed al-Qabandi after the Gulf state issued a travel warning and called on its citizens living there to leave. He gave no further details regarding the death toll, which could not be independently verified.

Trade unions and professional associations in Sudan have called for a nationwide work stoppage to protest against price hikes and worsening economic conditions, as doctors vowed to continue their indefinite strike.

An umbrella coalition of professional unions says doctors in the African country would strike to "paralyse" government but continue to deal with emergencies.

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"We are protesting to show our support for Sudan and to raise awareness in worldwide media about what's happening there", said Abbas.

A fixture of Sudanese politics since the 1960s, Mr Mahdi was prime minister from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1986 to 1989.

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Bashir seized power in a 1989 Islamist-led coup that ousted democratically-elected Sadeq al-Mahdi, who is now Sudan's opposition leader.In the past, he has shown little tolerance for dissent.

Eight people have died in demonstrations in the eastern cities of Al Gadaref and Atbara during clashes with security forces, according to officials and witnesses.

Hundreds of people poured out of the stadium after a match in Omdurman and marched down a major road leading towards the center of Khartoum, chanting, "The people want the fall of the regime" and "Freedom! They are protesting because there is an overall failure of the whole system", she told Al Jazeera.

Police fired teargas at groups who gathered in Atbara and the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman after noon prayers, witnesses said, and residents reported hearing gunfire in surrounding areas and in the southern state of White Nile.

Opposition members have also been detained, according to Sadiq Youssef from the National Consensus Forces alliance.

Sudanese authorities Saturday arrested 14 opposition leaders as anti-government protests fuelled by an economic crisis continued for the fourth day across the country.

The arrests could not be officially confirmed.

Over the past year, the cost of some goods has more than doubled, while overall inflation has risen to almost 70%, the value of the Sudanese pound has fallen sharply and shortages have been reported in cities including Khartoum.

In January, protests erupted against the high price of basic foodstuffs, but were quickly quelled by the authorities, which arrested opposition leaders and militants.

A presidential adviser, Faisal Ibrahim, said the latest protests were being manipulated by "organised entities", without naming particular groups. He said two of those killed in Al-Qadarif were military in civilian clothes.

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